Roll Up Piano

For those of you who don’t know, I play the piano and take lessons once a week to further that endeavor. When I go out of town, I tell my instructor that she shouldn’t expect much from my next lesson, as I won’t be able to practice. It’s a nice excuse that has served me well.

She’s been trying to convince me to buy a small keyboard for traveling, but I haven’t pulled the trigger just yet. Now Suzuki wants to take away my excuse with their Roll Up Piano. It looks like a pretty cool product, but I have to wonder how it feels to play. I’d like to try it before I buy it, but I doubt anyone around here carries it. I think I’ll add it to my Christmas list.

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9 thoughts on “Roll Up Piano

  1. Dick, have you ever seen or heard of musical notation in Excel? I use Excel to represent visually clear and very useful sheets to practice choir-singing. I’ll send you a copy if you like.

  2. frank: No. I actually tried to put something together with some note fonts, but it was a pain. I had Finale’s Notepad (free) so I didn’t try too hard. I’d love to see what you have.

  3. Sorry, I just realize I haven’t got the file at home – and I’m on holiday for three weeks.
    My music representation in Excel is nothing special, it’s just that conventional musical notation, maybe especially for choirs, is not very user friendly. I think Excel overcomes this barrier by making the music less intellectual and more visually direct.

  4. frank: Okay. Send it to me when you get back. It’s all right if it’s not user friendly, I can still learn something from it.

  5. Hi Dick/Frank,

    Can you send me a copy of that excel ?



  6. Hi John, Dick,

    Any Excel user getting to grips with learning to sing from a music sheet will at one stage be tempted to experiment with Excel in an attempt to overcome his/her music illiteracy.

    What you see is what you sing – no symbols, everything graphic!

    That was my ideal, and for a certain period of time, my Excel graphics really helped me to gain confidence reading music in front of an audience. Now, more and more, I read notes and I must admit the standard, classical music notation is a very ingenious representation system. The main initial hurdle is learning the highly symbolic, and poorly graphical musical alphabet.


    P.S. I sent you 2 Excel songs – you’ll see what I mean about graphics when you look at the gospel song.

  7. I wonder if you could please send me a copy of the EXCEL file. I have searched high and low on the Web but have not yet found any attempt at creating musical notation in EXCEL. So it will be much appreciated. Regards, Peter.

  8. this is fun for something simple and on the go, but it lacks double notes functionality. This means that you are able to listening to one note at a time. This violates the purpose of a piano which is that you are able to listen to more than 10 notes at the same time.

    This is good for a 1 year old or 2; to get them involved into music.

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